Take pride in achievements from Troedyrhiw’s past

London Olympics 1948 - GB team v Netherlands

London Olympics 1948 – GB team v Netherlands

Gwyn Manning was an all round sportsman excelling at cricket and golf as well as his first love, football. He played for Troedyrhiw and won the Welsh Amateur Cup with them in 1947, when they beat Llay United 5-0 in the final. The following season Troedyrhiw were runners-up in the Welsh League and lost to Flint Town in the Amateur Cup final. Captain of the Welsh amateur international team Manning played in Wales’ famous 3-2 win over England at Shrewsbury in 1948 which helped gain him his selection for that year’s Great Britain Olympic squad. A full-back, he played only in the opening game against Netherlands at the Olympics. A very humble man, he rarely talked about his Olympic success and nine years after his death his son found his commemorative medal from the Games wrapped up in a wardrobe in the family home at Pentrebach.


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Originally from South Wales I have lived in Nottinghamshire for over forty years. I am married and have three grown up children and two grandchildren. Having worked in education for 43 years I will retire in July 2012. My interests include history (general, local and family), rugby union, swimming, photography, bird watching and gardening. For the benefit of anyone who may actually read this (extremely unlikely, I admit) please do not confuse 'interests' with knowledge or skill. My involvement in a community project which aims to rescue a graveyard from the effects of almost 30 years of neglect. also keeps me quite busy. View all posts by davidjcollier

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